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The Only Tune: I. Two Sisters

from Mothertongue by Nico Muhly

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From the traditional folksong, adapted by Sam Amidon & Nico Muhly

There there there were there were there were two there were two there were two sis there were two sis there were two sisters there were two sisters there were two sisters wah there were two sisters wah there were two sisters walking there were two sisters walking there were two sisters walking down there were two sisters walking down there were two sisters walking down by there were two sisters walking down by there were two sisters walking down by a there were two sisters walking down by a there were two sisters walking down by a there were two sisters walking down by a there were two sisters walking down by a stream There were two sisters walking down by a stream, Oh, the wind and the rain! Older one pushed the younger one in, Oh, the dreadful wind and rain! Pushed her in the river to drown, Oh, the wind and the rain! Watched her as she floated on down, Oh, the dreadful wind and rain! Floated on down to the old mill pond, Oh, the wind and the rain! Floated on down to the old mill pond, Oh, the dreadful wind and rain! Pushed her in the river to drown, Oh, the wind and the rain! Watched her as she floated on down, Oh, the dreadful wind and rain! The miller fished her out with his long, long hook, Oh, the wind and the rain! He brought this maid in from the brook, Oh the dreadful wind and rain! He laid her on the bank to dry, Oh, the wind and the rain! A fiddling fool came passing by, Oh, the dreadful wind and rain! He made a fiddle bow from her long yellow hair, Oh, the wind and the rain! He made a fiddle bow of her long yellow hair, Oh, the dreadful wind and rain! He made fiddle pegs from her long finger bones, Oh, the wind and the rain! He made fiddle pegs from her long finger bones, Oh, the dreadful wind and rain! He made a fiddle bridge from her own nose bridge, Oh, the wind and the rain! He made a fiddle bridge from her own nose bridge, Oh, the dreadful wind and rain! and he made a fiddle from her own breast bone, Oh, the wind and the rain!, whose sound could melt a heart of stone, Oh, the dreadful wind and rain! and the only tune that fiddle could play Oh, the wind and the rain! the only tune that fiddle would play was, “Oh, the dreadful wind and rain!” (oh oh the oh the dread oh the dreadful oh the dreadful wind oh the dreadful wind and oh the dreadful wind and rain).

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from Mothertongue, released June 16, 2008
Sam Amidon, vocals, banjo, guitar
Nadia Sirota, viola
Ben Frost, bass programming
Monika Abendroth, harp
Nico Muhly, keyboards, percussion

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Nico Muhly New York

A Graduate of the Juilliard School for composition, Vermont-born Nico Muhly has been causing significant ripples in modern music circles with a variety of projects. Nico has collaborated closely with artists as diverse as Antony (from Antony and the Johnsons) and Philip Glass. ... more

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